What’s on in north Northumberland – week ending May 14

Owen O'Neill
Owen O'Neill

Theatre, films, live music, walks and other events taking place in Northumberland this week.


Tomorrow: An Evening of Poetry with Mike Harding. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £14.50, standard £13.50. 01665 510785.

Sunday, May 10: Red Noise – Owen O’Neill. Entertainment from this award-winning performance poet, stand-up comedian and actor. Wingates Village Institute. 7.30pm. £8.50, conc £7. To book, 01665 788413.

Wednesday, May 13: The Life & Loves of a Nobody – Third Angel & Sheffield Theatre. A story of hope, fame and love gone wrong. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £11, standard £10, child/student £7.50. 01665 510785.

Thursday, May 14: National Theatre Live – Man and Superman. Live streaming. Alnwick Playhouse. 7pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Thursday, May 14: Michael English in concert with special guest Matt Leavy. Matlings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £18.50. 01289 330999.


Tonight and Wednesday, May 13: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG). Maltings, Berwick. Tonight, 7.30pm. Wednesday, hard-of-hearing showing, with subtitles, 1pm, £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75, babies free. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow: Fifty Shades of Grey (18). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc. 01289 330999.

Saturday, May 9: Spongebob Movie – Sponge Out of Water (U). Seahouses Hub. 3pm. £7, conc £6.50, family £19. 01665 721868.

Saturday, May 9: The Divergent Series – Insurgent (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75. 01289 330999.

Tonight and Saturday, May 9: Suite Francaise (15). Tonight: Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785. Saturday: Seahouses Hub. 6pm. £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family £19. 01665 721868.

Saturday, May 9, Sunday, May 10, & Tuesday, May 12: Cinderella (U). Sat & Sun: Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm, £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75, babies free. Tues: Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, May 13: Aspect film series > Forest of Bliss (15). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £5, conc £3, child £3. 01289 330999.


Tonight: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Bon Accords Band. Musicians/listeners welcome. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Annual membership £8. Members £3, non-members £5. 01668 281307.

Tonight and Thursday, May 14: Buskers’ Night. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm–midnight. Free.

Tomorrow: Village Voices Choir. With guests Rev Phillip Harratt and Seahouses Middle School steel band. Creighton Memorial Hall, Embleton. 7pm. £4, children free. Pay on the door. Proceeds to local charities.

Tuesday, May 12: The Fureys in Concert. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Box & circle £24 & £22, stalls £21.50 & £20 (£20.50 & £19 concs). 01289 330999.

Saturday, May 9: Northumbrian Ranters. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Standard £7, child/student £5. 01665 510785.

Saturday, May 9: Lady Maisery. Music by this renowned folk trio. Etal Village Hall. Doors 7.30pm, music 8pm. £12. To book, 01890 820566.

Monday, May 11: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

Tuesday, May 12: Buskers Night. Craster Arms, Beadnell. 8pm. 07939 498879.


Today and Thursday, May 14: Gateway Drop-in. Free drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall. 9am–4pm.

Today and Thursday, May 14: Andy Howey Birds Of Prey. Andy will offer visitors the chance to learn about the birds and take some pictures with them too. Bamburgh Castle. 01668 214515.

Tonight: A Universe Full Of Stars. Kielder Observatory. 9pm. £20, conc £18. Visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Tomorrow: Quiz Night. Shilbottle Community Hall. 7pm. £2 per person with teams of up to six people. Raffle and spot prizes. Bring your own drinks and nibbles.

Tomorrow: North Northumberland Bird Club. A talk by Stewart Sexton on birding on a quiet local patch. Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2 donation. 01289 388869.

Saturday, May 9: Learning to Love Your Machine. Sewing class for beginners or experienced sewers wishing to refresh their skills and make a cushion. Some sewing machines available. At Bailiffgate Museum. 10am to 4pm. Early booking recommended. Visit www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

Saturday, May 9: Budding Artist - Bewitched Bottles. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Saturday, May 9: Discovering Rockpools. Join the Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas team and learn more about the wonderful and weird creatures living on our shores. Meet at the car park off Beach View, Boulmer. 9.30am–11am. £3, U5s free. Booking essential, 0191 284 6884.

Saturday, May 9: Workshop. Watercolour and Ink – Animals. Gallery 45, Felton. 10.30am–4pm. 01670 783424.

Saturday, May 9: Family Astronomy. Kielder Observatory. 5pm–6.30pm. £16, conc £14, family £45.04. Information/booking,visit www. kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10: Reptile Weekend. Experience close encounters with reptiles and learn all about their biology, care and habitat. At Kirkley Hall Zoo. 10am to 4pm. Visit www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk

Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10: Brick Figure Masks. Lego-inspired craft session. Woodhorn. Noon–3pm. Donations welcome. 01670 624455.

Sat, May 9, Tues, May 12, and Thurs, May 14: Public Observing. Kielder Observatory. Sat: 8.30pm–11.30pm. Tues & Thurs: 9pm–12am. £20, conc £18. Information/booking, kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, May 9, to Thursday, May 14: House of Quilts. See wonderfully intricate designs from the textile art of quilting. At Belsay Hall. 11am to 5pm. English Heritage members free, adult £8.30, children 5-15 £5, conc £7.50, family £21.60. Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk

Sunday, May 10: Workshop. Make a Ceramic Trinket Box. Gallery 45, Felton. 10.30am–1.30pm. 01670 783424.

Sunday, May 10: Rock Pooling. Search for creatures in the rock pools with North Northumberland Wildlife Watch Group. On Holy Island. 2pm to 4pm. More information, contact 01289 388867.

Sunday, May 10: Hauxley Reserve Open Day. Access the site to see the plans and progress on the new visitor centre and access works at Hauxley. 10.30am–3.30pm. Donations welcome. Weekdays 0191 284 6884. Weekends 01665 711578.

Sunday, May 10: Budding Artist – Magic Mirror. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Sunday, May 10: In Focus. Try a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. Free. Weekdays, 0191 284 6884. Weekends, 01665 711578.

Sunday, May 10: Ask the Gardener. Ask the head gardener for expert advice in the conservatory and buy special plants to help raise money for the National Gardens Scheme. At Wallington Hall. Normal admission applies but all money raised goes to the NGS. Noon to 4pm. More information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Sunday, May 10: Open Gardens – Etal Manor. In aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. With home-made teas and plant and produce sale. No dogs. Limited wheelchair access. 1pm–5pm. £4, U16s free. 01665 606515.

Sunday, May 10: North East and Scottish Borders Begonia Society. Set up by Alnwick man James Stewart, Dinnington Village Annex. 2pm–4pm. 07960 507016.

Monday, May 11: Museum Tots. Free pre-school group to experience history through play. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 9.30am–11am. 01665 605847.

Monday, May 11: iPad Training. Shilbottle Community Hall. 1pm–4pm. To book, 01665 714736.

Tuesday, May 12: Writers’ Retreat. Informal day for writers of all abilities. The Red Lion, Alnmouth. 10am–4.30pm. £35, including refreshments and light lunch. Visit rachelcochrane.com or email on hello@rachelcochrane.com

Tuesday, May 12: Wallington’s Swan Lake. An exclusive tour of Rothley Lake, home to red squirrels, otters, crayfish, wild flowers and swans. Enjoy a minibus trip to the lake and a special guided walk to look for wildlife and find out about the history and archaeology of the lake. At Wallington Hall. 1pm to 3pm. Normal admission applies. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Tuesday, May 12: Autumn Club. The Bondagers - Women Workers on the land with Dinah Iredale. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 2.30pm.

Wednesday, May 13: Appalachian Clogging. Warkworth URC Church Hall, The Butts. 7.30pm–9pm. 01665 711635.

Wednesday, May 13: Swing Dance Lessons. Eglingham Village Hall. 8pm–9.30pm. £2. More details from the Facebook page entitled Village Of Swing.


Today: Coastal Flowers and Breeding Birds. Walk along the coast with Alnwick and District Natural History Society in search of flora and breeding birds. Meet Craster Tourist Information Centre. 2pm. Contact 01665 602614.

Saturday, May 9: Ranger walks. A rugged hike to explore parts of Cragside that are off the beaten track. 1.30pm–3.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Sunday, May 10: Walking Back in Time – above the Breamish Valley. Five miles. 10am. Starts Ingram. £12.50. Information/booking, shepherdswalks.co.uk or 01669 621044.

Sunday, May 10: Dawn Chorus Walk. The North Northumberland Bird Club’s annual Dawn Chorus walk, led by Lord Joicey. At Ford West Wood (NT948341). 5.30am–10.30am. northnorthumberlandbirdclub.co.uk

Tuesday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 13: Garden walks. Guided walk through the formal gardens at Cragside, passing beneath the bridge and climbing up the rock garden towards the house. Noon–1pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.